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Long time griller but new to smoking.

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Stumbled across this page while researching a new smoker purchase.  I've grilled for years but am just now getting into slow smoking.  Thanks to this page, I quickly ruled out a "combo" unit due to durability issues.  Gas convenience, charcoal/wood flavor, searing for steaks and a flat top sounds great in theory but have just about settled on getting an offset.  Looks like I'm going to be going with an Old Country Wrangler or Pecos as this seems to be the combination of price and quality that fits best for me.  I'm partial to central Texas style of BBQ. 

 

First question I guess I have is that will the OC models I'm looking at also work for direct high heat cooking as well as low and slow larger meats and would this best be done in the smoker box or the main chamber?  A Weber kettle grill is the other one I was considering but had concerns on which was better for being able to both grill and smoke.  Thanks in advance for the input and I look forward to learning a lot here!

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Hello my Tx. brother and welcome to the fun.  I am in England now but from Mathis.  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  The trial and error method works well.  We will try to help you keep the errors to a minimum.  You can grill on the fire box but what I would do is buy a cheap knock off kettle type for grillin.  You can pick one up cheap enuff.  EVERYONE needs at least 2 ( or more ).  Might even check out an Old Smokey.  Been making and usin 'em in Houston since 1920's.  I even shipped one over here.  Best of both worlds.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

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Welcome to the forums!  Glad you've joined us.  You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastimes...grilling, smoking, and curing great food!  There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another.  Just ask any time you need help and you'll get plenty!

 

Most offset smokers have a grate in the firebox that you can use for direct grilling over the coals/fire.  I've looked at those OC smokers at Academy, and they look like good pits for the money.

 

Good luck!

 

Red

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